I was inspired to take up hiking and backpacking in 1970 by an article in a
men's magazine. I had never been camping but I was intriged by the idea of
hiking and carrying my gear on my back. I found a book by Colin Fletcher that
provided the details about gear, technique and hiking destinations. I took a
few shakedown trips in the Hoosier National Forest and acquired suitable gear
for a longer trip in the Smoky Mountains National Park. I will provide links to
photo albums and journals from this page.